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WWL’s Monica Pierre discusses various community projects and services that benefit the infrastructure of Greater New Orleans.

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Good Sunday well into the show thank you so much for joining us today I'm your host Monica pier coming up. The whole initiative is about educating women on what they should be doing for their own heart health. Details about the upcoming New Orleans school red luncheon and national Wear red day luck. Isn't on it every night it was loans in the city of long be remembered the tragedy is that it is is a constant reminder that we need to do there is from. Remembering murder victims of the past ten years and the ongoing work of the organization silence is by. February is American heart association's go red for women to encourage women to uncover the truth about heart disease and make ending it. A reality. Who to talk about it art. Go red for women share Valerie in glade. And also doctor Gary Mansur cardiologist at east Jefferson general hospital good morning to both of you good morning good morning February just around the corner how important is go red for women it's extremely important the whole initiative is about educating women. On what they should be doing for their own heart health the signs and symptoms. On and how we can all get involved to improve our health. There's always a beautiful. Luncheon so you're the chair this year tell us about the event. Well integrated in its gonna be held this year at the Hyatt regency on Thursday February the second. We're starting off at 10 AM we've got a silent auction. As well as health screenings. So a lot of information available but it's also a lot of fun so we're actually gonna have. A number of drag queens there were going to be doing a deep stretch so bring your best because it's going to be get tough you have mid directly absolutely. There's are so you're planning to file an option but it has a new twist to it this time Philip about that one the biggest draws for this event is it's called. Personalities. In so you've got. A number of purses actual handbags in very nice handbags. Field Wyss at a number of different things whether it's gift certificates. In there all they've all been designed by. Women in our communities so you know I've picked out a purse I got I brought her purse. On its field with all the things that I love so it's it's really cool you really get to know the person but. There's also even more importantly a lot of great stuff at that Carter's but I also joined by doctor Gary Mansur a cardiologist at east Jefferson general hospital we should mention. That of the luncheon go let the women is sponsored by Macy's in east Jefferson general hospital. And that's the men's what are some of the misconceptions you think that women in particular may have. About their heart but I think more women are worried about dying of cancer than heart disease but the fact is most women will die of heart disease. And when you say heart disease what does that encompass well coronary artery diseases. This type of heart disease or most concerned about but there are others and there's heart failure. Hurry and he has and even stroke. So how we Knoll that we are in this category are we should be concerned should every woman. At a certain age to be concerned about cardiovascular. Disease. Well women are protected over compared demand for about ten or fifteen years as a rule but there are young women as well who die of heart disease and in fact. A young woman with heart disease has a bad prognosis and really risk factor modification is impaired. What do you do to help yourself I mean there are some things that are. Our medication and that's another thing that you can do lifestyle lies. Sure well you can't change your family history but you can stop smoking you can exercise maintain it a good way to avoid diabetes if you have hypertension make sure it's treated. And Valerie how important is the education to let women know that your chances of dying from heart disease and cardiovascular disease outweighs that of all the cancers combined and it's extremely important as doctor ministers said one in three women will die of heart disease some type of cardiovascular related illness. And that's more than all cancers combined so while we may have a concern. About cancer and and again you know on the same way. But I've had I grandmother died from heart disease. My mother has high blood pressure so I know my risk factors it's also about knowing your numbers you know having a relationship with the primary care physician. Who really can watch there's number monitor that so if you see your blood pressure goes up. Your cholesterol numbers go up you can treat that so we don't get to that point where you do you have. A catastrophic. Health issues and documents how important it is to have conversations which you've been your primary health care physician who wish to be talking to you about. So I think a lot of these are handled by primary care physicians but also cardiologist. And you cholesterol numbers are extremely important and Staten therapies had a huge impact on reducing heart disease particularly in men but also women. So we should not be afraid to have the conversation with either the primary. Care of position all the cardiologist right now also symptoms of course are important. Unfortunately women don't always have classic symptoms and they may not get. Typical chest pain with a exertion. And it's important to consider all possibilities of the causes of these things including heart disease which should we be on the alert for. Well I think women are more likely to have severe shortness of breath as a presentation for heart attack rather than chest pain. They're more likely to I have a feeling of extreme fatigue is something rather sudden. Not not just chronic problem. And Valerie probably something that's very challenging. So separate what you think is normal with what is not normal. Exactly it that's quite so important to seek out health care professional whether it is your primary care physician org a cardiologist. Don't try and diagnose or self treat. We've talked about the luncheon that's very important that's February 2 but you also. Have the ad where we read today the national Wear red day is Friday February tartan day after our lunch and and again it's all about awareness this is where we would love to collar the city red. Whether it is your business your home obviously. We're ran that day because it's out in part to their web site he couldn't get more information and for more information on the in as well as the whole. Red initiative you can do that she used. New Orleans go to read our hearts not towards a document or an ounce of Valerie English thank you for being with us. It's. Two years ago on to gain an organization that was. Aren't those violence. Is violence we're joined by the executive director of silence is violence tomorrow Jackson. Tomorrow thank you for being with us thank you for having me. Ten years I remember what it was started I can't believe it's been ten years for those of us who are not familiar with violence is silence. Lot was this organization created. The organization was created that give victims and their families so employees in the criminal justice process sees. All we learn with silence is Imus and the march of January 11 2007. That's also being victimized. Not only by the criminals and our neighbor who's the got a criminal justice complex. Many victims are experiencing victimization. By the criminal justice system. And we found an inevitable all organize and have a calls for action it is an example of what the victimization. Looked like a home. Unfortunately the victimization still happens so some degree. You pay individuals or working in coordinating was lawful us months. And a district attorney's offices was sharing information about crash that happened that became potential targets there's no witness protection. Folks at the preconceived notion that there are protective services in this city and there isn't. They also witness relocation services but does only it wants and disbursement. Soft family over and it has to fend for themselves when they make a decision to share information. And as one of the things that was installed folks. Matt speaking. And that's how we got our main silence is violence. Is I remember how many people move will be critical of families all witnesses. On the street. We'll soloists are something why you're doing your civic duty is stepping forward but very few people recognize what was involved with step thankful. Could write an even still some day step down fall would on changes the complexity. Of a family. Your child can allow Google to the school. You can no longer live in and they balloon. Maybe your job as a change you have to relocate to another city and as easy as it and be in done so what individuals out. How low of Matt Sharon inflammation. Deborah they have valid concerns. We're talking about violence is violence and joined by the executive directed to Mark Jackson. Ten years ago there were two incidents is that really sparked asking you to take us back ten years ago at how the organization and city became. Really outraged by these two murders. Yes post-Katrina. The city was definitely in a horrible state. And one famous city and become frustrated when it was that the criminal elements still existed. Even in what does that neighbor whose places medicinal full. No all out blitz for you to visit. But this still lab for is this deal emerges. There's still a sexual assaults. So what's balk Al movement was the murder of Dinara she Davis. A home and Helen he'll. Both woke cultural pioneers in this city Dinara shaver as well as the band director of Ali rob playing high school which no longer exists that they. And Helen hill wasn't artisan filmmakers. So to cultural community was suffering impacted by the violence. And not just a cultural community but ever by an enable folks can't retire and so repay L pregame. And restructure. Not to deal with crime. Right we're thanking them now mine as we should have to deal with a homicide. They don't have anywhere embassy. So that was the premise. Of the march 9 wit outrage but I wished that they had an outrage an F five he was still bar me. We still bottles and hundreds of people senselessly industries of New Orleans. And saying is. And we still let the same place your thoughts on the line there doesn't seem to be that. That visible even symbolic. Gesture are outboard in the frustration of support. Our infrastructure is a definite changes are released education. Home we have a number of people living in poverty. Which is a promotional crime when folks on disenfranchised and don't have the economic means to survive. We also dealing with all quarterly orchestrated educational system. Where our young men and women are mad getting adequate education may need to actually sustain. Long term. So it's almost like post-Katrina you pre Katrina we had some issue with. But high ethical issues is exacerbated. We don't even have the populace the people we have pre Katrina. But we still have crab numbers so that speaks volumes Seoul where we are as a community. What our uncles taught as a community. And we've become too except. Like the community has become numb. To the violence that mixes and most people turn a black man and death here if it doesn't directly impact them. On your career training has been in the area of social work. As a bit of master's degree. Is this common that after awhile you become numb to what you see in which you say you don't want yes it is common. And folks when they have seen the custom recurrence of tragedy. And fountains if they normalize it. And then a normalization. You've become acceptance. Accepting. So what is happening when this really abnormal is not normal is abnormal. Both folks and. Adapt and abnormalities that exists. And sadness of last within that abnormality complex. We're joined by tomorrow Jackson the executive director of silence is violence it has been taking years and earlier of may January. There was actually a remembrance of every homicide victim in law is from the past ten years. Why was it important to call their names and remember them in this way. Elusive wants us as an organization to continue to keep defy you Barney. And led the rules individuals small and their families. That we you I implied insults. If the city has forgotten the organization Hazmat. This employment ever in life that was lost in the city of belongings and be remembered the tragedy is that exists is a custom reminded and we need to do damage as a community. And our political leaders all of us need to work together. So trust issues than exists no one authorization of one individual can take this fight on independently. So called him names. It was definitely. A piece of conflict for us to give them family a piece of hope to hold on school. And what was so emotional. Is something we sent the communications out and families came. They came to stay here they Simon and gone they husband in Prague on the names being call. But we hadn't realized until we compiled them is the amount of young pupil. Over ten years and we've lost him talk about those numbers would be talking about it. He's talking now over 200 people. And I mean from months old full months to name a twelve or thirteen. That I innocent. A twelve month old a six month old bike and that even walking. But they Shaq man he. All they neglected to the point of their demise. And that's the best thing when you call in the name and you have to see a six month old baby Shaq. He anxious fell flat. What can assist on this infant on to calls correction from individual bits of their life. And feel much already know not. But it speaks to people. Is to love this man they. Folks don't can't if I'm upset which who. Taken out all your family and trains if I can do it so you. An Israeli. Aim mine and sometimes my and the conflicts when things play out in cool. And you read the mills papers and ye hear those stories. These violent crimes start over minor conflicts. They just an argument is an argument on a disagreement. This bills on the blushing in the shouldn't be. How has silence is violence evolved or changed. Over the ten years. All of this thing is out our organization is grown insurmountable lead initially thought it was hits will staff member as we now have the X. We just rather large number of put Clint considering over Cheney is. Humbly serve is almost. The nearly 800. Family's. Home from victims of violent crime how we initial bomb Scott Willis helping homicide victims of those. We now have expanded our services include victims of sexual assault domestic violence and other violent crimes around the city. We've been cooperating in matches on these cameras and also Jefferson Parish. We service our home Dole's victims of violent crimes on Jefferson parasites who. Sold our organization has expand. We all fun grief and try mom individualized. Counseling we also often quote there people poles or golf who now wants the violence. We have any capacity to actually entrance. The crimes then eggs is well partners but working with the criminal justice complex cynics abolition partnerships. Went out local law enforcement agencies in the district attorney offices in the sheriff's office is this conversation and discussion like is there an openness. To working with silence is violence there is now. But we started there was some resistance. And reluctance to coordinate with the optimization. And now I must maintain his green and we may remarkable improvements. Been named as a excess armed services fire victims and their families. Been able to sit to disable what law enforcement to calm to be resolved with the issues that exist while family reach an outflows Gionta. Working with the Indian science of the case. All that they give the families some hope that justice will be served as and that they have. The listening in of the office of the DA and of the stances helping them navigate the criminal justice system. So definitely I wanna say thank you to all of the partnering agencies they gave us an opportunity. To work with them to healthy films and to see Al goals collectively together and malvo followed closely for New Orleans. Tomorrow Jackson is the executive director silence is violence. Your involvement how did this come about I have a personal story Monica Monday and was mergers and that's the fourth of 2000. And I was victimized again a system. Within a foot structures that existed com. We weren't given that opportunity. To navigate the criminal justice complex when these things happen you have no idea. What's happened on a criminal justice spectrum. So we lost. A home. And in the arm prosecution. Piece of it though just that was present in nova Monday is merchant channel. Was charged with a home. Actually cotton plant non us some on the criminal style. End the costs are one of the young man I was actually being indicted. Get no we wish. The murder of Monday it because they're just as some illegal is Schulze up over his pay. And they're basically it was like his invention just take a plea to manslaughter. Because we have the goal every track we get another Johnson and may be drawn out and up damages. Dan what they told us until that vacant for a moment we should await this I'll give a month or just an accidental or try now. But we did that man and only. And that was part of mine. Position was sounds as cloudiness and working. With the founder baby land is is making showed them victims know their rights spam is not there right. That they know how to navigate to criminal justice system that they know how to access services and just basically X questions. Vision don't know if folks are kind of dictate to you what direction usually go and but don't be afraid to ex questions relative to your case you family member is cave so you can get it and have options on what direction you should going. So what happens with your father's case. We accepted armed the manslaughter. Plea. Armed individual was Simpson's. And we went all night we move Cohen but it was still their fault in Houston in the back you man like what if we would hand we waited and waited for another Cilic and likely that I'll try we have gotten life opposed to fifteen he. For families who have to walk this unbelievable. Journey. We hear so much will the families want closure. That is the case goes to trial that's part of the healing process enclosure. As a social worker as someone who really works in this area is there's such a thing as closure. Allison is I want to say yes and no. Because even though you see caution. And you think. If he's just obtained this little bit of justice when you perpetrated is apprehended some Bieber just won an arrest and they sit in and give a little ocean. But even more than the rest dampen those wounds are reopened. And you see is something else not you want them half a certain number Yi is on life. Because one thing is certain. That individual they took from you would never return. Even if feel bad Maine it was a sexual assault you'll never be the same if you're a victim of domestic violence you have to startled for. So and those things all. Men a total forces. They hinge on your recovery. And your recovery depends on how much coordination is the porch and cannot change. That is. Very policy says this we often wonder. If we are held being by saying certain things you know if you haven't experienced at least the family has closure so this really shines a light on. On the process. As and that it is different people want different things it is he does evolve and that's change. Salads and this violence funding holiday you all able to stay afloat and around for seniors and into the future. It's been a struggle. We have owned folk on mount Albert is a federal grand. And we applied them in its own year which have helped us tremendously. Com and Baptist community ministries invested. An out vision in the pants and helped us get to this point is well this is the salute them analyze change. High of funding can definitely increase. We jewel insurmountable amounts of work they help the victims and their families. And it is just now of my mouth and folks just don't whereas the amount of these people have when these crimes happened I'm sorry expense. I know folks on look at it is such. But when your sexual assault victim many of trauma trance and your mental capacity. Is then able to help you return to work you knuckle quote Leo Boston see almost raped innocent thing and Nissan town mall. Right so that hands on you working and being able to pay your bills UConn no yeah house no soul thousand balances able to step in. And try to pay those bills would that person until they able to retire so they work environment but they can sustain. And that mini Al organizations can do that day awfully emotional supporting case management but solace is violence also offers financial resources. We don't needs assessment on a case by case basis and determine the needs of clients and prioritize those needs and as we deems fit. As with the crime it was Colin on with a client we offer some financial support. So definitely we need most support I encourage folks who donate to our organization. You'll donations will be well received and appreciated. Totals victims and families and we work going forward. What do you see your future mission. Of silence is violence. I would love to seize silence is violence recognized nationally. We have made a huge impact locally in the Orleans and Jefferson parishes. Owned agencies we work we know and can validate our work. An optimization sentences are needed I'll across. The nation and work and we victims and their families and given the mobile eighth. Mark do you get requests and and confident you know contacts and other organizations around the country. To find out what you'll have been doing how you've been able to sustain yourself for ten years. Yes we did a lot of parents thankful folks want to know are we interested. And bridging. And cross them over an make in national chapters. Of silences cloudless and we just we don't have the free soul sister actually. Go out until then though we did have some contact from Baltimore. Was a Baltimore is an area that has a high incidence of crime. And Miami Shaq in in Miami it was interest it was interest in this Alice's son Austin and do some training. With Miami end. They'll curious with the home the support we head of victims' families because of what happens nationally. Is. The community against the law enforcement. That's almost an ever stay folks and that trusting. Law enforcement people curiously how we get the support of the community. And how we're able to work what do law enforcement embrace they get with communication. So definitely Xbox interest for major cities around the world contact information on our website if people are interested. In learning more. Yes I'm. Our website is WWW. Of that silence is found on all on word that or is she definitely need to call out office and travel for. Man 480 man won seven. We've relocated back to the pile water where we originated. Offices located at 3401. Saint Claude avenue. So we welcome you to stab. Hopeless as well visit and that because you're a victim of violent crime. If those who have not directly experienced. A violent crime whether it's homicide are great for the families. What the community and the city of New Orleans and even Jefferson Parish as a whole do. To further understanding. To further empathy. For someone that it's more than a statistic you more than just a number I think it was shots. But the quarter pixel line and see how can we. Expand our our compassion. I'll mind. My. The only rekindle it and that a call with a full seas and then on cooperation. And working with each other as well as the victims and their families. Coordination. Where all of us collectively making sure that they need summit. And understanding confidentiality. As it relates doubles. A home crimes. And collaboration. Been able to collaborate would each other. As I stated before we canceled along. All of us need to work together understand the demands that exists relative to cramp in his campaign. And matches and individual B bases with a numb book. But working with. Their family understand they would describe his call. Crime is expensive. Is holds the record financially and those kinds of hand. Iginla and Siri are your personal story and you work with silences silence. Been a long years hopefully he'll work we'll continue to really make it. On a little. And that is our show for today thank you so much for joining us I've been your host Monica Pierre until next time enjoy this Sunday and the rest of your week.